When I brought up the notion that LeBron James could very well return to the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer, it was met with laughter. Well, who is laughing now?
Whether you want to believe it or not, the Cavaliers are in the driver’s seat in the race to claim the greatest basketball player in the world. Miami Heat fans, who once thought there was no way the King would leave his throne in sunny Miami, are now asking themselves how their beloved Heat could possibly be only days away from letting King James slip through their fingers.
To save Heat fans some time, I will briefly explain how Miami got to this point. It all started with the Pat Riley press conference, in which he basically cited that the King would be a coward if he suddenly upped and left town. That did not sit well with the King, and just a day after the press conference, he opted out of his contract and began to listen to other suitors.
Then, the Cavaliers made a bold statement to the King by re-signing their own superstar, Kyrie Irving, to a five-year contract extension and picking Andrew Wiggins with the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. This showed LeBron that they were serious about building a solid, top-to-bottom team should he decide he wanted to come back home.
The final, and potentially fatal, blows came today, when the Cavs cleared the cap space needed to sign the King to a max deal. And to put the icing on the cake, the Cavs reportedly have a deal in place to bring over star power forward Kevin Love. This was all done while the Heat were being held hostage by the three players who have brought them so much joy over the past four years.
If this comes to fruition, Heat fans can look back on this piece to see exactly how sun-drenched South Beach lost the greatest basketball player in the world, and how the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to lure their hometown hero back home.